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“Avoid the Storm”
Review of Storm in a Teacup - CLOSED

Storm in a Teacup
Price range: $3 - $27
Cuisines: European, Irish, British
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Storm in A Teacup Cafe / Storm Bistro offers a delicious breakfast, lunch and private dining option with BYO. Afternoon Tea available from £12.95, Children's parties at weekends are popular, and we love cyclists. We have 5 meeting rooms / business / family dining all of which can be booked at no cost. Our coffee, food, scones and pastries are second to none. We are housed in a beautiful granite building which was designed by renowned architect, Sir Arnold Thornley and built prior to parliament buildings on the hill. We are beside Carson's statue, walk down the hill towards the security hut and you will find us. Or drive up beside Campbell College to the very end of Massey Avenue. We await you.
Reviewed September 18, 2013

This establishment only opened a few months ago and has great potential - it is well located, adjacent to Parliament Buildings, it has friendly staff and has good parking. We visited it in its early days and then again last week.
Sadly our group of 4 were unanimous in the belief that standards had dropped. On our latest visit we had coffee and scones but I doubt that the scones were fresh that day - seemed like they were 'yesterday's left-overs'. I should have thought that the waiter would have asked why we left over half of each scone, but he did not.
Perhaps the two chandeliers are an indicator - of the 60 bulbs, only 20 were lit!
Sadly, I have to say that we are unlikely to be back unless we hear of improvements.

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1  Thank Alan C
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Just back from a fantastic meal in this quirky former bank. The setting is lovely, just on the outskirts of the grounds of Stormont, the decor hints at the grandeur of the Estate whilst being fun and kitschy with the 'classical' portraits showing a playful look at a love of baked goods.

The bistro menu is small, but perfectly formed with a delightful selection of foods. Between us we tried the majority of the menu. The selection of breads with the wonderful Aubergine caviar and hazelnut pesto went down a treat along with the goats cheese and mushroom soup starters. For the mains, we tired the duck, chicken and haddock dishes and couldn't find fault with anything served. The desserts were lush! the plum and ginger crumble with coconut ice cream is def a winner and I'll be having it again next time I'm up, which will be sooner rather than later!

The bistro is definitely worth a visit, a hidden gem as another poster has stated, I hope it gets the recognition it rightly deserves!

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Thank Damian W
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

My wife & MiL visited this place for a coffee break recently and spotted that they do an evening Bistro service. After looking at a sample menu we decided to give a try. A couple of friends joined us.
Its a BYO outfit so saving some dosh straight away. LOL
It was a great decision. We arrived to a pleasant and comfortable ambiance, busy but not packed. It just got better and better.
The staff are very friendly and the service was top class without being in your face. The menu gave a good choice with interesting dishes (its due to change very shortly so I won't bore you with details of the individual dishes. Suffice to say that every plate went back to the kitchen very empty! Even my wife, who is a very picky eater, cleared hers!
A really good evening was had, we can't recommend this place enough! I hope it stays that way.
A follow up visit is very definitely on the cards.

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Thank Iluvmytum
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

We went here for Sunday Lunch and whilst the food was decidedly average, the service left a great deal to be desired. On arrival, the waiter was friendly and courteous but having been quickly shown to our table and provided with menus and tap water as requested, we had to wait quite a while before our order was taken. We had booked for Sunday Lunch and both ordered the Sunday Roast, which this week was Roast Beef; they only cook one roast choice per week, probably because it does not seem to be that popular so far. The room was less than half full in addition to a few people sitting outside but the vast majority were only in for light refreshments. We had to wait a considerable time for our meal and once served, we were never approached again, whether to ask us how our meal was, whether or not we required more water or even to clear our plates and ask us if we wanted dessert. I ended up approaching the till and just paying the bill as we got fed up waiting for our water to be refilled or to see if we wanted to order anything else; really basic requirements in any dining establishment, whether it be a Michelin starred restaurant or a greasy spoon. As for the meal, the Roast Beef was pretty good and the vegetables were not bad; a mix of Sweep Potato, Peas, Mange Tout and Baby Corn. The Mashed Potato was a bit lumpy so they could do with investing in a potato ricer and the single Roast Potato was the let down of the meal; it tasted like it had been pre-boiled a day or two ago and then either deep fried or roasted at too low a temperature once ordered. The Gravy poured over the meal was pretty frugal and after no one asking us how our meal was, we eventually approached the staff ourselves and asked for more gravy, which took well over five minutes to arrive, by which time we had nearly finished our meal. All in all the meal was just okay but the complete lack of customer service really let this place down. We are booked in for an evening meal with friends in a few weeks time so will try one more time to see if it is any better while in evening Bistro mode; lets hope so!

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Thank travelpassion
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Six of us booked a table for last Friday evening. Having previously priced a coffee and scone i was a little concerned as to whether or not we would get a good meal reasonably priced, i needn't have worried. We each had three courses followed by delicious coffees and teas for a total of just under £28 each. You might think that was good value which it was, however the standard of the food went way beyond good value. Each dish was enhanced by sauces which were subtle but alongside the food created an absolute taste fest. The staff were friendly helpful and efficient. The setting whilst classical had little hints of fun which helped to create an atmosphere which was not stuffy but still felt a bit special. This being a relatively new restaurant it was B.y.o though i noticed that a drinks licence has been applied for. I have just one criticism, a couple of the starters could have been a little more generous. In conclusion we all agreed that our evening was a great experience and we will definately repeat it.

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Thank M_and_B_Belfast
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